Hypnotherapy for Physical Healing

Hot on the heels of my own alien-on-face removal story, here is ‘our’ Julie‘s own recent story of using auto-suggestion and hypnotherapy to heal minor surgery fast! Pretty impressive. We are using similar techniques to try and get my ibuprofened-gut to heal quickly for my wedding, but I have been less diligent that I should – this has inspired me to redouble my efforts!!

Here’s Julie’s before photo on the day after surgery:

The docs said it could take months to heal. Here she is 14 days later, no make-up:

Shows the power of using healing methods, doesn’t it?! Here’s the whole article for you – do read it for tips on how to speed up your own healing and book a session with her if you think she might be able to help you:

HYPNOTHERAPY FOR PHYSICAL HEALING

 

Hypnotherapy and the Alien on My Face!

That’s a great title isn’t it?! I know how you like my weirdy healing stories sometimes so thought you might like this one.

Recently, if you recall, I have been having TMJ (jaw hinge) pain. Terrible, terrible, terrible. It took 2.5 months for me to realise it was caused by stress causing leaky gut and making me more reactive for a while. Then, the leaky gut was compounded by using tons of ibuprofen out of sheer desperation. You can read more on all this here:

Progress Since Finishing the Healing Plan

Anyway, after a few days of cutting out my most recently re-introduced foods, the jaw pain went. RELIEF. However, it continued to creak and lock at regular intervals; almost as if it had become my new stress/reaction indicator rather than the migraine.

This intrigued me and Julie. Why my jaw all of a sudden?

I had a session with Julie to focus in on what was ‘underneath’ the jaw area, if you like; to see if we could determine why the jaw had been ‘chosen’ as a new pain site. It was fascinating. Essentially, under hypnosis we asked to see underneath the pain area and I suddenly saw a great big ‘alien’ thing attached right over the area. It was horrible. A black, bubbling live thing with roots or ‘tentacles’ going deep into my body down my spinal cord, into my head, across my chest, into my gut etc. It was very unpleasant.

We tried several different ways to prise it or encourage it off; it was very resistant and clearly not wanting to go! Eventually, I sucked it through into my mouth and spat it out into a bucket of pink light to neutralise it.

Ugh. What?!!!

After the session when Julie normally goes over with you what happened to reinforce the messages, she explained she felt it was an old site of trauma or fear from somewhere and had been ready to come up and be noticed, hence the pain. I have no idea where it came from, but it was definitely there. At least I now understood why I had suddenly developed a new symptom. Makes you feel less of a victim of it all, actually.

For days afterwards, I could feel precisely where the main mass had been as a big hole in the side of my head – and I could feel where all the tentacles/roots had been as if they had been wrenched out and left wounds that needed to heal. I bathed them in pink light to heal each time I did a meditation and they have now gone.

More importantly, the jaw pain has not been back since the session. 

How cool is that?! Told you you’d like it. I hope that’s it but these things do often come in layers so we are keeping eagle-eyed!

Moral of the story is: do NOT discount working with the subconscious or hypnotherapy specifically in your healing journey. It is much more powerful than you think!

Julie is waiting to help you – why do you think I put her on the team?! Oh, and I did this by Skype so location is not an issue: it works 🙂

Good luck – see if you can let go of one of your main symptoms. I hope so.

Progress Update Since Healing Plan!

cropped-naturopathy-symbol.jpgI thought it was about time I gave you an update on how I am doing with my own health ‘journey’ as I know you like those. So, prepare for soul-bearing once more….

At the time of publishing the Healing Plan, I was doing really well. I had managed to start getting a lot of foods back in, most symptoms had gone or calmed somewhat and the main aims I was left with were:

  • Continue to expand my diet
  • Get rid of the migraines
  • Get my mouth to heal fully

In the months after I finished the Healing Plan, I sort of had a healing hiatus; I needed a break and was at a stage where I was feeling pretty normal most of the time. I didn’t really expand my diet much as I felt I had loads of foods compared to what I used to have and, frankly, didn’t need to. I thought I was eating like a King! I was eating fish, seafood, beef, eggs, nuts, herbs, some spices, loads of veg, fruit and potatoes. I became a teensy bit addicted to egg and tiny little baked potatoes with a bit of Vietnamese dark chocolate for pudding. Delicious. I was so enjoying it, I didn’t really do much else like seeds, other spices, other meat etc.

As the nutrients started to go back in from a more expanded diet, I felt loads more energy, my restless legs went completely – and I didn’t have a full-on migraine for over 4 months!!! Bliss. I can’t tell you the relief of that one. I had absolutely NO hayfever this year for the first time since my teens and I am no longer reactive to smells or things in the air – evidenced by shopping near candles and sitting in a popcorny cinema – so that suggests my overall reactivity level is much lower 🙂

I finally felt able to plan things again and so started doing some training in colour analysis to offer self-esteem work eventually and get some fun group work going. I also re-learned my signature facial and got myself set up for that. I was re-entering the world at last – and doing it in a fun, positive way. Life felt gooood 🙂

Then Minnie, my cat, ate a rubber bung and BHAM! Stress hit.

 

Stress, Painkillers and a Leaky Gut

We had an incredibly stressful three weeks where the vets saved her life three times as the bung had literally bunged her up, no-one knew it was there of course and she was being poisoned from within. I wished she could speak and tell us what was wrong. Anyway, we finally opened her up to look as nothing showed on Xrays and there it was – the foot off a coffee machine or something. Heaven only knows where she got that from and why she ate it. She survived the op, which was unexpected as she was so weak by then, that was quickly followed by pneumonia and we had to watch her struggling for breath which was awful. She came through that but still wouldn’t eat.

She almost died again because she hadn’t eaten for 11 days and we discovered the bung must have hurt her oesophagus and to eat was hurting her so we were just about to feed her with a line through her nose and she suddenly started eating! I had been pushing nutrient jelly through her teeth to swallow and I am hoping that helped to heal her internal wounds or something. Whatever, we were so relieved.

Blimey O’Riley. Only someone who has cats in lieu of the kids they can’t have can understand the level of attachment you have to them, although P was almost as upset as I was. It was incredibly stressful, time-consuming and costly! However, little fighter that she is, she came through and started getting better. Butter wouldn’t melt in her little mouth now, I can tell you. She even sent me a card on Mother’s Day apologising that she had ‘eaten all the wedding money’!! (Well, Daddy P sent it for her obviously…). Yes, we are that mad.

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Here’s Minnie frightening me again on the outside of the balcony a few days ago!

As she got better, I got worse. Go figure. I suddenly started getting TMJ pain. Incredible pain in the right hand jaw joint. I supposed it was all that teeth clenching. It necessitated between 10-16 ibuprofen a day for over two months, plus steroids. I had to take the ibuprofen as it was the only safe painkiller I had and I HAD to take something. I couldn’t take the usual DGL (licorice) etc to offset the damage it would do to my gut and, of course, I am now suffering for that!

In essence, I am living proof of what stress does to your gut. I eventually worked out that the jaw pain had been started by foods I was being OK with before – the stress had made my gut leaky again. When I cut out the most recent and frequent foods in desperation (eggs, tap water to do my teeth, chocolate), the jaw pain went within 2 days. It is actually testament to the power of the brain retraining I had done that it took me 2 months to actually even consider it was food! I made myself suffer more by not thinking about it. How ironic is that?!!

So, I knew my gut had become more leaky through the stress and now even more leaky because of the damage from the ibuprofen, which is well acknowledged even in mainstream medicine.

You can read a good article here from Chris Kresser on the gut-brain axis and the effect stress has on the gut:

How stress wreaks havoc on your gut

I am wondering actually whether the mouth issues are also part of this same thing, involving the gut-skin axis. If stress has the power to exacerbate barrier breakdown and inflame the gut, it also has the power do do it on other barriers and mucus membranes as I discuss in the Gluten Plan. I discovered that the TMJ issue has been caused at least in part by a ligament connecting my top and bottom jaw which spasms and feels bumpy and rashy almost, much like I get on my legs during a reaction. It’s all skin whether it’s internal or external, isn’t it? We do know that we have a very similar HPA cortisol action to stress in skin as well as the gut so this is quite likely.

In fact, I have been investigating so-called Psychodermatology. Ooh, great word! Essentially, it appears that stress can increase Substance P (anyone who has read the Healing Plan knows what I am on about there – the hypersensitivity process) and therefore makes the skin react to emotional and physical stressors more. This is often seen in eg. atopic dermatitis, eczema and, in me I reckon, and many of you, affecting the barrier skin in the various places in the body. Oh no, another area for me to get researching 😉

You can read a bit about it here if you like:

Psychodermatology: When the Mind and Skin Interact

There is a much more technical paper here for you which is fascinating too:

Brain-Skin Connection: Stress, Inflammation and Skin Aging

And here is some info for you on the effect of ibuprofen on leaky gut. I thought this was quite a neat little summary:

WHY NSAID PAINKILLERS ARE DANGEROUS TO THE GUT

And here is my Pain Factsheet where you will find some suggested alternatives and more on the Substance P stuff. Sadly, I was unable to tolerate much else but I’m working on it. I had to take the consequences this time.

Pain Disorders

 

Healing…again.

The situation I am in now is that I have now been back on my core diet (fish, veg, fruit) plus some new stuff – I have kept the nuts in and added fresh turmeric to smoothies twice a day to keep my calories, fats and nutrients up better and lower inflammation. I am getting zinc carnosine in about three times a week and some magnesium spray. Glutamine set the jaw pain back off again so that’s out!

Essentially, I am rehealing my gut. At least I know there is a real mostly physical cause this time – the ibuprofen – and that time will heal it. I am also doing daily meditation, of course, to lower the emotional stress levels. I am looking forward to getting my foods back in again – and it had better be before my wedding in October, although I am trying not to put that pressure on myself!!

Restless legs and migraines have started increasing in severity and frequency again and I know this is down to the drop in nutrients again due to the restrictive diet. The aim is to get my foods back in asap and get those nutrients back up and I fully expect those to symptoms to reduce once more.

The mouth has never started healing yet – it is my bete noir.  I tried a little bit of chocolate and three small sips of coffee last week and my jaw jammed shut for a week. I kid you not: at one point I was squashing banana through my teeth in the middle of the night as I was so hungry! Really. Not. Pleasant. It was almost saying: ‘hang on, stop putting stuff in here; we’re not ready yet!’ Ok, I’ve got the message and will wait a while longer. I think it is now 6-7 weeks on core diet and it normally takes about 10-12 weeks in most people who are able to take glutamine etc, so I can’t expect speedy miracles!

That said, I have invented a visualisation to try. I am doing daily imagining of the whole digestive tract being cooled and soothed by a chilled blue drink to lower inflammation, a little minion in the control centre in my head switching the leaky gut switch to ‘lock’ again, watching the tight junctions in my gut close tight and seeing the villi growing fully again so I can absorb better! Let’s hope that speeds things up. I really need to get Julie to do a couple of sessions with me as that is normally stronger.

Feeling great – cranio-sacral therapy

 Underneath all that, though, I actually feel the best in myself I have felt for a very long time. I had cleared an awful lot of emotional junk with Julie and retrained my brain to think about food and life nicely again.

Recently, I started having cranio-sacral therapy . I have talked about it with some of you on the Facebook groups. It’s fascinating. I am not totally sure how it works (which is a new feeling for me in natural medicine and a little unnerving!), but I think of it as a kind of touch meditation which allows the body to reset or realign itself somehow. It is not an energetic medicine like reiki, nor a physical one like Bowen, but I believe it works partly on the fascia of the body – that is like a web that goes from the top of your head over every muscle and connective tissue to the soles of your feet. I felt mine had been pulled up in a knot from the top of my head and made the whole of me tight so I chose cranio-sacral therapy to help me release it.

It also works on the flow and fluids of the body like blood, lymph, hormones, nerves, messaging systems etc. Here is a brief explanation:

Through the simplicity of gentle listening touch, Craniosacral Therapy offers a distinctive stillness that allows your mind and body to rest deeply and begin to restore a natural balance.  Craniosacral Therapy recognises and assists the connections between body, mind and emotions. In the peaceful space created during a session these strands can become more fully integrated.

In fact, the first session, I felt like a light had been switched back on in my head and I suddenly became clearer, able to think, plan etc – that’s when I started the new training stuff. That has maintained, which is fabulous. In more graphic terms, after the second session, the right side of my face blew up – I looked like I had elephantitis for a couple of hours, much to P’s amusement. Then it just went down. Since then, I have bitten my lips and cheeks a lot – something seems to have moved and my mouth didn’t feel like it belonged to me for a few days!

More recently, I have been spitting out yukky lymph from my mouth so I am assuming something is moving there. In the most recent ‘first-aid’ session for my jammed jaw, I spontaneously burst into tears, suddenly feeling very sad. I am convinced we hold past trauma or stuck emotions in the physical body and, even though Julie has cleared it so I no longer react emotionally to it, I reckon some of it the memory is still stuck in the tissues, hence the cranio-sacral therapy trial to see if it can release it. That last session convinced me that it can.

It is slow work; you really have no idea what is going on or IF anything is going on, but I feel lighter, more clear-headed, much more energy despite the issues above and more ‘me’ than I have in a very long time so I am sticking with it even though I can’t explain what’s happening. I’ve had 9 sessions so far and will report back to you, of course, in case it is something you could use to speed your own healing up.

So, that’s where I am.

The moral of the story is: as hypersensitives with the amygdala dial turned up genetically-speaking, we are very vulnerable to stress. We must do all we can to keep stress low in every way – physically, emotionally, mentally – or it will impact on healing progress. I’m in one of those dips, but I know that I have done it once and it is only a question of time and application to get the foods back in again, the migraines back down and this time I will concentrate more on getting my zinc up to start the healing of my mouth and using my Healing Plan techniques on the mouth specifically. I will get there and, happily, am not thrown too much by the recent dip. Not nice, but when you know what can be achieved and you keep those two models from the start of the Healing Plan in mind, it gives you more confidence the next time!

Wish me luck!

 

Mind-Body Book Review and New Article

Ooh, nice review from Michelle at FoodsMatter to wake up to this morning!

Follow the link below to read the new Introductory article on mind-body medicine and my journey that she asked me to write for the Foodsmatter site.

Last month I flagged up Micki Rose’s new book on the mind-body approach to managing multiple sensitivities and chronic illness. Well, now I have read it – and it is absolutely fascinating. As a guide to for those who have totally failed to find an answer to their own illnesses, it could be life changing. Micki describes her journey and the book that has come out of it.

Hope you enjoy it 🙂

Mind-Body Book Review and New Article

Ooh, nice review from Michelle at FoodsMatter to wake up to this morning!

Follow the link below to read the new Introductory article on mind-body medicine and my journey that she asked me to write for the Foodsmatter site.

Last month I flagged up Micki Rose’s new book on the mind-body approach to managing multiple sensitivities and chronic illness. Well, now I have read it – and it is absolutely fascinating. As a guide to for those who have totally failed to find an answer to their own illnesses, it could be life changing. Micki describes her journey and the book that has come out of it.

Hope you enjoy it 🙂

Healing Plan Feedback. Aw shucks..

Home page flow chartPeople have been finishing my new Healing Plan – whilst I have been hiding behind a cushion in case they hate it!

But the consensus, so far, is: they love it. Yay 🙂

It was such a tough, personal thing to write but I am so glad I did now – I tried not to several times!

“..just thought I’d let you know that I read through this very quickly for the first time now and was greatly touched by it.  Part of it is sheer empathy and when you are speaking sometimes I know – literally – exactly what you are talking about.

I think [your] openness will really help other people so much and make them feel very much less alone.

I am also overwhelmed by your knowledge and understanding of so many different approaches.  It truly is a compendium of how to approach chronic illness.  

Well done – massive congratulations, both on the book and on your brave and gentle journey. You are a genuine inspiration xx”

“I have just finished your Healing Plan – what an amazing piece of work! It resonated very strongly with me… I think it is very comprehensive and gives people a really structured way forward while explaining difficult concepts clearly.

I also like the way you are so generous at referencing others’ work – not everyone is.
I loved the book and feel you deserve all the extra success and recognition that will come your way.”

“I dived straight in and read the first 90 pages. Found it excellent and really looking forward to putting this into practice!”

Smiley Micki 🙂

New Mind-Body Medicine Shop Section

Brain icon  I’ve set up a whole, sparkly new section on the shop where you can find all the mind-body medicine stuff now. It suddenly occurred to me that it might be useful to have the key stuff linked to in the Healing Plan in one place. Anything to make life easier when you’re feeling poorly!

It will evolve, no doubt, but for now you can find:

Healing Plan 3D  The Healing Plan, of course. Plus, the sixteen page sample Preview of the Healing Plan so you can have a nose. 

logo Julie’s hypnotherapy, behavioural and CBT services.

Inner Calm & Peace Meditation   A link to all Julie’s hypnotherapy instant audio downloads, many of which I used during my own healing. She will be adding new ones very shortly I credit some of Julie’s self-hypnosis and meditation audios as a BIG part of my healing, so please do yourself a favour and start with these if you’re not ready for full hypno sessions yet.

Yoga Nidra CD  I’ve included some of the key recommended programmes and DVDs I followed during my healing journey, such as the Perfect Health challenge, Yoga Nidra and Qi Gong DVDs.

Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, Deepak Chopra  And, many of the key books for your ‘knowledge therapy.’ These are Amazon links so I make a teeny bit on them, which helps to keep everything going, so thank you. 

I hope it helps. The new Mind-Body Medicine section is here.

The paperback Healing Plans arrived today too – very exciting. I have been carrying one round and stroking it! It was such a labour of love 🙂

Here’s the back cover as you’ve not seen that!

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New Year Healing – My Daily Programme

naturopathy symbolIf you read my first post of the year (and well done if you did; it was massive!), then you’ll know that I am focusing on my physical body this year, having done tons on my brain retraining and subconscious work the last two years. My poor little physical body feels a bit left behind and needs a bit of TLC and rebuilding now.

Some of you asked me to share what I plan to do so here it is for you. This will evolve, I have no doubt and, as you’ll see, the physical work needs to be dovetailed with the work to keep my amygdala desensitised and new brain neural pathways strengthening so I can maintain my food reintroductions! It also needs to fit in around my work if I am to develop this chronic illness work the Universe seems to have chosen for me!

From a physical perspective, the aim is primarily to start encouraging better lymphatic flow, tissue and organ oxygenation, muscle flexibility and strength. I also have a feeling I am still holding trauma in the muscles and that needs to be released.

Time was when I was really strong, fit and lean, worked out several times a week with free weights and in the gym and had powerful upper body strength from all the massage and manipulation work I was doing in-clinic. Now, I feel weak, tight and congested much of the time.

I sit on my backside most of the day writing, reading and answering questions. When I was really thin, I had to sit on a few cushions as it was so bony-painful. I also had to wear lots of warm clothes as I was so cold. Now, the food is going back in and the pounds are piling back on.

This is to be expected – when the body has been in starvation mode for as long as mine has, it will happily cling onto every calorie you give it for a while until it feels it can trust you again. That’s a survival mode switch and there’s no getting around it. If you restrict your food intake, for whatever reason, the body just gets more efficient at storing and using what you do give it as fat mainly. That’s why food restriction diets don’t work.

Women are especially good at this. We are the ‘feeders’ of the babies; it’s our job to keep the species going, if you like, and we hold more fat deliberately so we can continue producing enough hormones to have and feed babies during the leaner, scarce-food times.

Anyway, I am being kind to my body and giving it some TLC and a year to get used to me eating again. Which it will.

The importance of Self-care

Image result for messy hair cartoonWhen we are in chronic illness mode, we tend to ‘give up’ on our physical bodies; we distrust it, don’t like it, blame it, even hate it. I know I did. That often translates into self-sabotage types of behaviour, which of course can be horrific for some souls, but it can very commonly be seen in simply avoiding looking after yourself in the ways you used to.

Part of this next healing phase for me is to restart some of those. I’ve had my hair done into a new style – braving a big proper hair salon with smells n everything – started massaging oil into my nails which are as dry, ridged and bumpy as sandpaper and today treated myself to some ‘proper’ hair products and bugger the chemicals. I used to model my hair, for goodness’ sake, and my family will testify to some of the weird and wonderful hairstyles I’ve had -including very high sticky-up ones, pink, sponged-green and even an M shaved into my hair. Oh yes, I had fun.

Someone said to me the other day that I’d had the same hair style ever since he’d known me. That is NOT good. I realised during this last decade or so of illness, I had barely even looked at my hair really, so I vowed to start with that in my self care and now I have.

I used to LOVE having long baths with a glass of wine, some music or a good book. In fact, I used to finish work, get straight in the bath and call friends or family for a chat. It was my ME time. Then, I started reacting to the bath products in the water, then to the water itself, then I had panic attacks even getting into filtered non-chlorinated water.

Recently, I have been able to start having baths again. The first few resulted in panic attacks. The next few I meditated and WHEE’d in the bath (I just wanted to say that!) to tell myself I was safe. Then I had plain baths and, today, I am up to ones with Faith in Nature bubble bath, a candle and a glass of wine (sometimes). To treat myself and celebrate my bath progress, today I used a voucher from my birthday to buy this bamboo bath rack:

Bliss.

Anyway, I share all that to illustrate the self-care point. This is all part of the physical body healing plan for this year. To make friends with my body again.

checklist iconDaily Healing Plan

So, here is my daily plan, such as it is, in case it helps you – I’ll point out all the new stuff too as I know it gives some of you hope and you ask me to (stop press: coming back here after I have written this post, I have even astounded myself at the number of new things!!):

Wake. Hot water and lemon (new) or ginger (new) or a coffee (bean to cup)

Breakfast: Smoothie with fruit, slowly adding greens (new), banana, a date (new), almonds (new), brazil nuts (new) and sometimes cashews (new), flaxseeds (new) and pumpkin seeds (new) all blitzed up with RO water (not got tap yet) in my blender. I make enough for one and a half big glasses. I might add supplements in to it as I get to them. I currently spray magnesium oil (new) on after a shower and have started working on adding the TGF core supplement protocol (new). I also want to add some spice like turmeric and have got some fresh root ready for the purpose.

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Before starting work: if it’s raining, I do a 10 or 20 minute morning, energising Qi Gong routine. If it’s fine, I walk up and down the road, which involves two steep hills and a glorious view of the sea, more than enough to set you up for the day! If I’m having a crap, poorly day, meditation for 20 minutes. If I have a migraine, I can’t meditate; I lie down and read, watch Homes under the Hammer or sleep, depending on how bad it is!

Mid-morning: drink the other glass of smoothie. I am perpetually hungry – I assume to do with the insulin control loss of PCOS and the gluten related disorder causing malabsorption. I need to eat very frequently or I will fall over. Or kill P. If I’m really starving, I need more fat so I might add half an avocado and re-blitz.

More work til lunch.

Lunch varies. Usually omelette or egg-based (new) or left overs from the night before. Often fresh mackerel or fish from the harbour. I am trying to get back to salad. I went off it for a long while because of my mouth pain. You’d think chewing leaves would be easy, right? Nope. The grinding motion was really painful a lot of the time so I just stopped and ate soft, non-grindy foods instead – loads of cooked root veg and fish mainly. Even things like spinach (grindy) or broccoli (couldn’t bite through it unless overcooked which I hated) had to be avoided because of the mouth pain. It might be a slice of roast beef now too (new). I’d love to get soups or casseroles or (please) curries in and I’m working on that.

I might have an apple (new) or a pear (new) to finish my lunch with something sweet.

After lunch is my most vulnerable time of the day. I have learned to just rest if I can. I often meditate for 20 minutes and then do some personal bits and bobs such as cooking, ordering stuff, putting the washing on, looking stuff up etc.

I am ALWAYS hungry about half an hour after I have eaten lunch. I haven’t worked this one out. Adrenal crash maybe from the exertion of digestion or gastric dumping syndrome I’ve had suggested to me, but haven’t worked on yet (part of this year!). It doesn’t matter what I’ve eaten; it always happens.

I’ve tried everything. Nothing works like 2-3 squares of really dark chocolate (new). Maybe it is a magnesium need. (I just thought that as I wrote it as a craving for chocolate is often a magnesium need). Anyhow, that’s what I do. When I couldn’t have the chocolate, it was a nightmare; I’d feel like I was going to collapse to be truthful. I recall P had to have the chocolate ready for me to pop out of a clinic appointment with a patient and give it to me as soon as he saw my pale face run into reception lol. Poor P. When I couldn’t have the chocolate – or a magnesium spray or any supplements – my saviour: plaintain crisps came to the rescue. I somehow needed fat and the salt which is what makes me feel it is to do with my adrenals. I swear those crisps stopped me losing even more weight. I still have some occasionally in the afternoon.

Image result for hibiscus teaBack to work. I am trying a cup of tea here (new). I have so far had Golden Monkey black tea – very gentle. I have several new ones to try and started with hibiscus flowers today, bright red colour and bursting with Vitamin C. Focusing on anti-histamine and nourishing types such as lotus root, moringa and olive leaf as well as my faves like spearmint and licorice.

In this new year, after lunch and my break, I will be focusing on writing the Healing Plan and doing the chronic illness development work. That involves reading, listening, watching stuff and writing mostly. This year, part of my plan is to build up to going for a longer walk three times a week and listen to a training podcast. I have got several series saved up especially for this that I’m really looking forward to.

Of course, this has physical body benefits in terms of the walking, the fresh sea air and resting my eyes on the sheer beauty of where I am lucky enough to live. This increases lymphatic flow, oxygenation and muscle strength as well as overall cardio fitness. Listening to the podcasts is training, but it is also part of my neuroplasticity work to keep strengthening those new neural pathways that healing is not only possible, nor even probable; it is a question of time and putting the effort in. Listening to others’ stories and understanding how things went wrong for me – and many chronic illness sufferers – and how to turn it around is a big part of the therapy.

Sometimes, of course, it is best to use the walk as ‘movement meditation’ and just concentrate on what you’re seeing around you. It’s a balance and intuitive.

Come back in from walk. Check for any urgent emails, finish off anything needed. Once I’ve finished emails, if I’ve not done a walk, I will usually do a 10 or 20 minute evening Qi Gong routine to release stress. There are shaking exercises in this that I find really work for me; I feel miles more relaxed in the evening if I’ve done them.

Interestingly, so-called trauma release exercises usually involve muscle ‘shaking’ so I am starting with the Qi Gong routines, but may upgrade to TRE or psoas release exercises later on when I feel ready. These are specific methods of releasing stored trauma and stress from the body tissues. I have tried them but they are too strong for me currently. If I feel rubbish, I will have a bath or do some more meditation.

Go and have some tea. Nowadays, that could be fish or seafood, egg (new) or meat (new) with courgetti pasta (new), mini baked, jacket or boiled potatoes (boiled in tap water!)(new), mayonnaise (new) or tomatoes (new), mushrooms, cucumber (new) or root veg with greens such as spinach, broccoli or cabbage mostly. I might have a glass of wine (new) rarely if I feel like one – usually if I have a bath, see above!

I might then follow that later on when I’m watching the telly with a couple of squares of chocolate (new) or a portion of my current fave: a nut fruit crumble made using apples (new) and plums (new), ground pecans (new) and almonds (new) with either dates (new), coconut sugar (new) or honey (new) and a little grapeseed oil (new).

So, that’s the ideal and what I can do food and energy-wise so far. It doesn’t always work out like that, of course, for various reasons, mainly if I feel rubbish or have got loads of work on, but that’s what I am now aiming for most days.

And that’s a heck of a lot better than life has been I can tell you!

As I have said many times, you need to have a plan, you need to know what you’re aiming at and you need to put the work in to get better. This is not as simple as taking a pill, although if that’s all you can do for now, that is fine. Like me, maybe you can start with lying-down meditation and WHEE and, just by doing that, you will start to turn yourself around and point yourself in the right direction for wellness.

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For me: I am determined to keep all the ‘body balls’ as I think of them in the air. I need to keep the emotional trauma work going with the hypnotherapy, WHEE, CBT etc, maintain the mental, cognitive neuroplasticity work to strengthen those neural pathways, continue my ‘spiritual’ work with the meditation and connection to the Universe (the most weird and hardest for me to accept, but ultimately, the most change has come from this) and now add in the physical work to build nutrient levels and optimum physical functioning. Ultimately, this will also build into better social connections and stepping back out into the world as a fully-well person.

Just a wee bit to do there then – I swear this getting better lark is a full-time job!

This year, peeps – are you coming with me???

 

 

 

 

 

What Next for Purehealth in 2017?

Image result for 2017 happy new year healthy  Happy 2017 to you all – here we go with another blank canvas to build on – SO exciting! Let’s start with my usual ‘state of the nation’ first post of the year..

I’ve been thinking an awful lot recently about where to take Purehealth in the next few years. I’m not quite there yet but, as per, I find if I write something down, it helps me think it through! Here’s a quick summary of what we’ve been up to in Purehealth Clinic world so far; it’s really interesting to see how it has evolved actually (to me, anyway) and I am aware we have a lot of new peeps who don’t know me from Adam, so I thought it might help. Many of you have been with me right from the start, which is lovely!

Simple beginnings

Gut PlanI started my natural medicine career with Holland & Barrett as a Saturday girl in 1988, would you believe, then, branch adviser, branch manager, then in head office troubleshooting for over 400 shops and in charge of customer service and PR/Communications for, eventually, the whole retail group.

After training in massage therapy and nutritional medicine, I spent from 1997 to 2010 seeing patients, writing and teaching on all aspects of natural medicine: physical and biochemical. At that point, cases seemed a lot less complex than they are today and I spent a lot of time on mainly gut health, TATT (tired all the time), blood sugar issues, weight maintenance, detox and what I would call ‘simple’ food intolerance (wheat and dairy mostly).

The vast majority of patients got better on my Gut Plan – the MOT allergen-removal, stomach acid support, gut and liver cleanse I started almost every patient off with and which solved most issues or at least let us see what we were left with. This still works today for a shed-load of people, of course. I dovetailed that with physical medicine as a massage/manipulative therapist and referred people to Philip for clinical hypnotherapy to help change habits, lower anxiety and unpick unhelpful beliefs. It was a system that worked well.

Getting more complex…

Image result for complex cases

From about 2008, I started getting more ‘complex’ cases through the door – what I term the unresolving chronic illnesses like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple-sensitivity, chronic pain, hormonal dysfunction – essentially multi-system disorders usually not responding to ‘normal’ mainstream or alternative treatments. That may well have been because I was mentioning them more and just that when you’re experienced, people tend to seek you out.

My sense, though, was there did seem to be a lot more people with more multi-layered issues somehow. Rather than just asking patients to trial off wheat and dairy free, I moved to gluten and dairy free and that seemed to help more people, so I started looking at gluten more in my own case and why it might be causing issues in the complex cases.

grain iconGluten

From about 2010, I started working on gluten related disorders as a possibility why many of us chronic illness peeps weren’t getting well and why many of us seemed to be so hyper-sensitive. After I’d fallen over with shock at what I discovered, I introduced the premise in early 2011 with my article No Grain, No Pain here, launched this TrulyGlutenFree site to write everything I was learning down and started work on the Barrier Plan to explain how gluten causes barrier breakdown and hyper-permeability and onward to hypersensitivity to food and chemicals, inflammatory and autoimmune disorders. I released that for you in early 2012 and it was well-received, thank goodness 🙂

For the rest of that year and 2013, I developed TGF versions of the normal Adrenal and Candida Plans, wrote the TGF Breakfasts book and started work on the TGF Supplements Master List as I realised I was simply ingesting my allergens and sparking inflammatory and autoimmune issues with the very stuff I was using to try and get well! You can see all the TGF ebooks etc here.

Gluten Plan

In 2014, I decided the time had come to stop doing 1:1 consults and use that saved time to write down everything I’d learned and all this research finally culminated in the new 300-odd page Gluten Plan which included my testing and treatment protocols. Again, this went down really well and continues to do well to this day, helping many people realise the probable reasons for their unrelenting illness and how to test and treat if they have a gluten related disorder and barrier hyper-permeability of the gut and/or brain.

More than TrulyGlutenFree

During that same year, I determined that a proportion of people were truly hypersensitive and even going TGF seemed not to be enough to trigger healing and stop symptoms. This included me! I’d gone so far with it but was still suffering more than I should have been given my really restricted diet. So, thinking I must still be really inflamed, I went AIP (autoimmune protocol diet) although it wasn’t called that then – I sort of did it naturally by removing all inflammatory and allergenic foods. This helped to an extent but I next decided to do an elimination diet to see what was still triggering my mouth pain, migraines and chronic fatigue.

Worst decision I ever made. I did feel better but I then couldn’t get any of the foods back in so was left on about 20 core foods until quite recently! Oops.

Healing: nil by mouth!

Brain iconThe one good thing that came out of this very scary time was that it did start me thinking about non-ingestive healing methods. By that, I mean what could I (we?) do to get ourselves well that didn’t involve ingesting foods, meds or supplements? Frankly, I’d had enough of the ‘cut it out’ approach and had very little left to cut out! I wanted a more positive healing approach rather than more deprivation, if you know what I mean. That was ultimately a very depressing life and it needed to stop, but then so did my symptoms. What more could I do? Even on fewer than 20 foods, my fatigue, mouth pain and migraine hadn’t gone. Improved, but not gone. I started again writing down everything I found useful about non-ingestive healing methods and the Healing Series on the blogs started.

Since then, I have been researching and trialling various ‘healing’ methods and not taken any supplements or meds, or changed my diet, to see if I could get well a different way. This has led to a huge learning curve. I learned about brain neuroplasticity, subconscious behavioural systems, ACE (adverse childhood events) and trauma-triggered illness, central sensitivity syndrome, the amygdala and loads more.

What’s causing a lot of chronic illness?

I have come to the conclusion that many of us with unrelenting chronic illnesses have a too-turned up amygdala or sensitivity mechanism in the brain triggered by epigenetic changes caused by trauma and neglect in both childhood and as adults mostly but not exclusively. Add to that subconscious thought patterns, beliefs and fear feeding on fear creating deep neuroplastic grooves that just get stronger every time you think the same things and you get hyper-sensitised type conditions:

Related image

How many of those can you count? I think I have had 10 of them at some point! I first wrote about CSS here. Of course, it’s more complex than that and this won’t explain every case, but for the last year or so, I have been routinely asking people if they had any major stress or trauma in childhood or before the onset of the first symptoms of their current unremitting chronic illness. The numbers are HUGE, trust me. I am now much more surprised when someone says no than when they say yes. We need to wake up to this and start doing something about it.

The good news is that you CAN turn it around but, again trust me, it is not as easy as some people make out! It has taken time and dedication, but I have got much better at last. In the last six months, I have reintroduced a lot of foods and I feel I am somewhat approaching ‘normal’ health for a 50 year old! Sure, I’ve a way to go and have learned this is an evolving ‘journey’, but I am SO not the person I was health-wise even a year ago. How long have I wanted to be able to say that?!

Of course, now my task is to try and assess what I did that worked and put it into some kind of structure you can follow or that will at least help move you forward. Hence, I’ve started writing the Healing Plan, which is no mean feat as much of the work is instinctive and completely non-linear, not lending itself well at all to structure, but I’m having a go because so many of you have asked me to explain it and I can’t fully! Yet.

So, after all that: what now for Purehealth?

Clinic philosophy-wise, this has led me to trying now to develop a new Purehealth model of healing for chronic illness, if you like. There are lots of general models out there and I am now trying to fit what I did to them (proving very hard!) or adapt them and come up with something practical for you. This kind of thing but more specific, structured and practical that I can communicate and deliver in some way to more people – I’ll know it when I’ve done it 😉

Related image

To get truly well from a persistent, unresolving chronic illness – of whatever type – we need to work on the brain and subconscious as well as – and sometimes before – we chase down the biochemistry with tests, meds and supplements. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I tend nowadays to ask people to do the healing work first and then see what they are left with that needs fixing biochemically then – ie. the adrenals, thyroid, methylation or whatever.

That’s the stage I am at now. I need to work on the physical body now that my emotional, cognitive and spiritual (for want of a better word) are much stronger. The mistake I think we can make is to start with the physical and I am finding it rarely works in these kind of cases. You can certainly shore up the body and improve symptoms but the biochemical stuff maybe has to come later than we think, and then will we in fact need as much of it by that stage – probably not.

The biggest lesson I have learned – or been reminded of actually – is that if you give your body the healing state it needs, change the way the brain is thinking about illness and remove the subconscious triggers, it has the power to turn itself around without so much biochemical work. This is a tough admit for a biochemist-trained medical nutritionist! But it’s the truth, certainly in many cases I am seeing, especially in hypersensitivity and central sensitivity syndromes like CFS, fibromyalgia, migraine, depression, anxiety disorders, chronic pain etc etc.

I am aware this sounds like it is simple: trust me, it is not! But, I have proven it does work so it merits my clinical focus I think now.

How the heck will I have time to do all that?

Business-wise, I managed to run a totally virtual service of test facilitation, analysis, support and resources from behind my screen when I was feeling ill much of the time. I retreated behind my screen because I had to – no-one wants help from a nutritionist who keeps cancelling on you because she herself is too ill!

It was a strategy that worked. In fact, it has worked a bit too well! Frankly, the test service, which I originally set up so that patients didn’t feel I had abandoned them when they needed repeat tests and I’d stopped 1:1 work, is so successful, nowadays it takes all my time.

Once I realised people still needed my help to sort their tests out, of course they also needed interp and protocol advice. I couldn’t do 1:1 work so I set up the A-Z of Health Factsheets on the Purehealth site and wrote Plans for the most common issues I was being asked about – Adrenal, Candida, Gut, Diabetes/Belly Fat/Weight Gain to name a few – and offered test reports. I also set up the Facebook Groups and Pinterest boards to encourage knowledge-sharing and positive peer group support (no whingeing allowed!).

It worked really well and I felt I had stumbled onto a service much earlier than most in my industry about how to support people effectively from afar rather than do a traditional bums on seats clinic. I missed the company obviously but business-wise it worked.

So, that’s how it still works today, more or less. I realised early last year (2016) that the test service and Facebook was essentially taking up most of my time – there is a lot of admin and emails to testing and I am a natural chatterbox on FB, as you know! So, I recruited Victoria to help run the test service and Christine (aka the research rottweiler) to help out on Facebook.

Christine is a whizz on FB and continues to answer the questions and point you to stuff before I’ve even logged on, bless her! The test support service worked beautifully initially, but then, very upsettingly (is that even a word?!) and essentially doubling my workload overnight, I had to end my association with Victoria with immediate effect 6 weeks or so ago, hence me having to work out now what we do next!

OK, so that’s where we are today. I don’t feel much like taking on another nutritionist and I can’t do everything myself – and neither should I be. I have almost 30 years’ experience now in natural medicine and I should be a ‘join the dots’ type of person, working on the chronic illness stuff I have learned about personally and professionally, not ‘farting about with test admin’ as someone so elegantly put it to me the other day 😉

I’m sure you see my point.

New year: new way of working

Image result for writer

So, some changes are afoot. Of course there are: it’s a new year and you know what I get like at this time of year by now – all excited at a new blank year to build and create on 🙂

Essentially, this year I plan to start becoming more of the researcher, writer and educator I should be at this stage. Thankfully, I no longer need to be the person hiding behind a screen – or an illness for that matter, yay! The big job is essentially now to combine all the work on TGF and non-ingestive healing into a useable, easy to communicate, deliverable model of healing that works. No mean feat. Why DO I do this to myself??!!

Not sure how it will all work but I will try to do less of the test service admin work somehow, possibly by recruiting an admin person rather than a nutritionist this time and/or producing resources to foster DIY interp as per the Plans and I have a few other ideas up my sleeve for you, of course, which I am working on.

The first job is to finish the Healing Plan I am writing about the ‘journey’ I took and point you to the resources I used and specifically how I used them. I’m almost finished – although I do keep thinking that and then thinking of something else to add! I’m hoping to have done that by the end of Jan (aha: accountability there ;))

After that, I will keep the clinic services running as per and spend more time researching and communicating about chronic illness and developing the model and resources for you eg. on diabetes, thyroid, heart disease etc as well as the syndromes mentioned earlier like FM, CFS, autoimmune diseases and multiple sensitivity. That’s the theory anyway!

alt medicine iconPersonal healing

A bit more on my own personal healing as I know many of you want to know..

This year, I am focusing on my physical body again whilst continuing the healing stuff. I’ve worked so hard to change my neural pathways and subconscious triggers, my physical body has been left behind somewhere and it needs renourishing, quite literally.

I am now turning back to the biochemistry of nutrient imbalance, methylation issues, hormones, liver – whatever I deem necessary – as well as improving physical fitness, muscular and lymphatic strength. I had to do the healing stuff first and now I can see the wood for the trees, work on what’s left and rebuild like the 6 Million Dollar Man (that takes me back!). I need all my ‘bodies’ in alignment – I’ve been working on the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies, if you like; now it is time to maintain those and bring the physical body up to match.

2017 will be the year the migraine and mouth pain goes for good and I step back out into the world properly as a ‘well’ person. I am determined!

So, exciting times and a lot of personal and clinic work ahead for 2017 then as per! I hope it will ultimately help you as well as me so let’s get to it – any thoughts or ideas, do share – we’re family. x

What Next for Purehealth in 2017?

 

Image result for 2017 happy new year healthy  Happy 2017 to you all – here we go with another blank canvas to build on – SO exciting! Let’s start with my usual ‘state of the nation’ first post of the year..

I’ve been thinking an awful lot recently about where to take Purehealth in the next few years. I’m not quite there yet but, as per, I find if I write something down, it helps me think it through! Here’s a quick summary of what we’ve been up to in Purehealth Clinic world so far; it’s really interesting to see how it has evolved actually (to me, anyway) and I am aware we have a lot of new peeps who don’t know me from Adam, so I thought it might help. Many of you have been with me right from the start, which is lovely!

Simple beginnings

Gut PlanI started my natural medicine career with Holland & Barrett as a Saturday girl in 1988, would you believe, then, branch adviser, branch manager, then in head office troubleshooting for over 400 shops and in charge of customer service and PR/Communications for, eventually, the whole retail group.

After training in massage therapy and nutritional medicine, I spent from 1997 to 2010 seeing patients, writing and teaching on all aspects of natural medicine: physical and biochemical. At that point, cases seemed a lot less complex than they are today and I spent a lot of time on mainly gut health, TATT (tired all the time), blood sugar issues, weight maintenance, detox and what I would call ‘simple’ food intolerance (wheat and dairy mostly).

The vast majority of patients got better on my Gut Plan – the MOT allergen-removal, stomach acid support, gut and liver cleanse I started almost every patient off with and which solved most issues or at least let us see what we were left with. This still works today for a shed-load of people, of course. I dovetailed that with physical medicine as a massage/manipulative therapist and referred people to Philip for clinical hypnotherapy to help change habits, lower anxiety and unpick unhelpful beliefs. It was a system that worked well.

Getting more complex…

Image result for complex cases

From about 2008, I started getting more ‘complex’ cases through the door – what I term the unresolving chronic illnesses like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple-sensitivity, chronic pain, hormonal dysfunction – essentially multi-system disorders usually not responding to ‘normal’ mainstream or alternative treatments. That may well have been because I was mentioning them more and just that when you’re experienced, people tend to seek you out.

My sense, though, was there did seem to be a lot more people with more multi-layered issues somehow. Rather than just asking patients to trial off wheat and dairy free, I moved to gluten and dairy free and that seemed to help more people, so I started looking at gluten more in my own case and why it might be causing issues in the complex cases.

grain iconGluten

From about 2010, I started working on gluten related disorders as a possibility why many of us chronic illness peeps weren’t getting well and why many of us seemed to be so hyper-sensitive. After I’d fallen over with shock at what I discovered, I introduced the premise in early 2011 with my article No Grain, No Pain here, launched my TrulyGlutenFree site to write everything I was learning down and started work on the Barrier Plan to explain how gluten causes barrier breakdown and hyper-permeability and onward to hypersensitivity to food and chemicals, inflammatory and autoimmune disorders. I released that for you in early 2012 and it was well-received, thank goodness 🙂

For the rest of that year and 2013, I developed TGF versions of the normal Adrenal and Candida Plans, wrote the TGF Breakfasts book and started work on the TGF Supplements Master List as I realised I was simply ingesting my allergens and sparking inflammatory and autoimmune issues with the very stuff I was using to try and get well! You can see all the TGF ebooks etc here.

Gluten Plan

In 2014, I decided the time had come to stop doing 1:1 consults and use that saved time to write down everything I’d learned and all this research finally culminated in the new 300-odd page Gluten Plan which included my testing and treatment protocols. Again, this went down really well and continues to do well to this day, helping many people realise the probable reasons for their unrelenting illness and how to test and treat if they have a gluten related disorder and barrier hyper-permeability of the gut and/or brain.

More than TrulyGlutenFree

During that same year, I determined that a proportion of people were truly hypersensitive and even going TGF seemed not to be enough to trigger healing and stop symptoms. This included me! I’d gone so far with it but was still suffering more than I should have been given my really restricted diet. So, thinking I must still be really inflamed, I went AIP (autoimmune protocol diet) although it wasn’t called that then – I sort of did it naturally by removing all inflammatory and allergenic foods. This helped to an extent but I next decided to do an elimination diet to see what was still triggering my mouth pain, migraines and chronic fatigue.

Worst decision I ever made. I did feel better but I then couldn’t get any of the foods back in so was left on about 20 core foods until quite recently! Oops.

Healing: nil by mouth!

Brain iconThe one good thing that came out of this very scary time was that it did start me thinking about non-ingestive healing methods. By that, I mean what could I (we?) do to get ourselves well that didn’t involve ingesting foods, meds or supplements? Frankly, I’d had enough of the ‘cut it out’ approach and had very little left to cut out! I wanted a more positive healing approach rather than more deprivation, if you know what I mean. That was ultimately a very depressing life and it needed to stop, but then so did my symptoms. What more could I do? Even on fewer than 20 foods, my fatigue, mouth pain and migraine hadn’t gone. Improved, but not gone. I started again writing down everything I found useful about non-ingestive healing methods and the Healing Series on the blogs started.

Since then, I have been researching and trialling various ‘healing’ methods and not taken any supplements or meds, or changed my diet, to see if I could get well a different way. This has led to a huge learning curve. I learned about brain neuroplasticity, subconscious behavioural systems, ACE (adverse childhood events) and trauma-triggered illness, central sensitivity syndrome, the amygdala and loads more.

What’s causing a lot of chronic illness?

I have come to the conclusion that many of us with unrelenting chronic illnesses have a too-turned up amygdala or sensitivity mechanism in the brain triggered by epigenetic changes caused by trauma and neglect in both childhood and as adults mostly but not exclusively. Add to that subconscious thought patterns, beliefs and fear feeding on fear creating deep neuroplastic grooves that just get stronger every time you think the same things and you get hyper-sensitised type conditions:

Related image

 

How many of those can you count? I think I have had 10 of them at some point! I first wrote about CSS here. Of course, it’s more complex than that and this won’t explain every case, but for the last year or so, I have been routinely asking people if they had any major stress or trauma in childhood or before the onset of the first symptoms of their current unremitting chronic illness. The numbers are HUGE, trust me. I am now much more surprised when someone says no than when they say yes. We need to wake up to this and start doing something about it.

The good news is that you CAN turn it around but, again trust me, it is not as easy as some people make out! It has taken time and dedication, but I have got much better at last. In the last six months, I have reintroduced a lot of foods and I feel I am somewhat approaching ‘normal’ health for a 50 year old! Sure, I’ve a way to go and have learned this is an evolving ‘journey’, but I am SO not the person I was health-wise even a year ago. How long have I wanted to be able to say that?!

Of course, now my task is to try and assess what I did that worked and put it into some kind of structure you can follow or that will at least help move you forward. Hence, I’ve started writing the Healing Plan, which is no mean feat as much of the work is instinctive and completely non-linear, not lending itself well at all to structure, but I’m having a go because so many of you have asked me to explain it and I can’t fully! Yet.

So, after all that: what now for Purehealth?

Clinic philosophy-wise, this has led me to trying now to develop a new Purehealth model of healing for chronic illness, if you like. There are lots of general models out there and I am now trying to fit what I did to them (proving very hard!) or adapt them and come up with something practical for you. This kind of thing but more specific, structured and practical that I can communicate and deliver in some way to more people – I’ll know it when I’ve done it 😉

Related image

To get truly well from a persistent, unresolving chronic illness – of whatever type – we need to work on the brain and subconscious as well as – and sometimes before – we chase down the biochemistry with tests, meds and supplements. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I tend nowadays to ask people to do the healing work first and then see what they are left with that needs fixing biochemically then – ie. the adrenals, thyroid, methylation or whatever.

That’s the stage I am at now. I need to work on the physical body now that my emotional, cognitive and spiritual (for want of a better word) are much stronger. The mistake I think we can make is to start with the physical and I am finding it rarely works in these kind of cases. You can certainly shore up the body and improve symptoms but the biochemical stuff maybe has to come later than we think, and then will we in fact need as much of it by that stage – probably not.

The biggest lesson I have learned – or been reminded of actually – is that if you give your body the healing state it needs, change the way the brain is thinking about illness and remove the subconscious triggers, it has the power to turn itself around without so much biochemical work. This is a tough admit for a biochemist-trained medical nutritionist! But it’s the truth, certainly in many cases I am seeing, especially in hypersensitivity and central sensitivity syndromes like CFS, fibromyalgia, migraine, depression, anxiety disorders, chronic pain etc etc.

I am aware this sounds like it is simple: trust me, it is not! But, I have proven it does work so it merits my clinical focus I think now.

How the heck will I have time to do all that?

Business-wise, I managed to run a totally virtual service of test facilitation, analysis, support and resources from behind my screen when I was feeling ill much of the time. I retreated behind my screen because I had to – no-one wants help from a nutritionist who keeps cancelling on you because she herself is too ill!

It was a strategy that worked. In fact, it has worked a bit too well! Frankly, the test service, which I originally set up so that patients didn’t feel I had abandoned them when they needed repeat tests and I’d stopped 1:1 work, is so successful, nowadays it takes all my time.

Once I realised people still needed my help to sort their tests out, of course they also needed interp and protocol advice. I couldn’t do 1:1 work so I set up the A-Z of Health Factsheets on the Purehealth site and wrote Plans for the most common issues I was being asked about – Adrenal, Candida, Gut, Diabetes/Belly Fat/Weight Gain to name a few – and offered test reports. I also set up the Facebook Groups and Pinterest boards to encourage knowledge-sharing and positive peer group support (no whingeing allowed!).

It worked really well and I felt I had stumbled onto a service much earlier than most in my industry about how to support people effectively from afar rather than do a traditional bums on seats clinic. I missed the company obviously but business-wise it worked.

So, that’s how it still works today, more or less. I realised early last year (2016) that the test service and Facebook was essentially taking up most of my time – there is a lot of admin and emails to testing and I am a natural chatterbox on FB, as you know! So, I recruited Victoria to help run the test service and Christine (aka the research rottweiler) to help out on Facebook.

Christine is a whizz on FB and continues to answer the questions and point you to stuff before I’ve even logged on, bless her! The test support service worked beautifully initially, but then, very upsettingly (is that even a word?!) and essentially doubling my workload overnight, I had to end my association with Victoria with immediate effect 6 weeks or so ago, hence me having to work out now what we do next!

OK, so that’s where we are today. I don’t feel much like taking on another nutritionist and I can’t do everything myself – and neither should I be. I have almost 30 years’ experience now in natural medicine and I should be a ‘join the dots’ type of person, working on the chronic illness stuff I have learned about personally and professionally, not ‘farting about with test admin’ as someone so elegantly put it to me the other day 😉

I’m sure you see my point.

New year: new way of working

Image result for writer

 

So, some changes are afoot. Of course there are: it’s a new year and you know what I get like at this time of year by now – all excited at a new blank year to build and create on 🙂

Essentially, this year I plan to start becoming more of the researcher, writer and educator I should be at this stage. Thankfully, I no longer need to be the person hiding behind a screen – or an illness for that matter, yay! The big job is essentially now to combine all the work on TGF and non-ingestive healing into a useable, easy to communicate, deliverable model of healing that works. No mean feat. Why DO I do this to myself??!!

Not sure how it will all work but I will try to do less of the test service admin work somehow, possibly by recruiting an admin person rather than a nutritionist this time and/or producing resources to foster DIY interp as per the Plans and I have a few other ideas up my sleeve for you, of course, which I am working on.

The first job is to finish the Healing Plan I am writing about the ‘journey’ I took and point you to the resources I used and specifically how I used them. I’m almost finished – although I do keep thinking that and then thinking of something else to add! I’m hoping to have done that by the end of Jan (aha: accountability there ;))

After that, I will keep the clinic services running as per and spend more time researching and communicating about chronic illness and developing the model and resources for you eg. on diabetes, thyroid, heart disease etc as well as the syndromes mentioned earlier like FM, CFS, autoimmune diseases and multiple sensitivity. That’s the theory anyway!

alt medicine iconPersonal healing

A bit more on my own personal healing as I know many of you want to know..

This year, I am focusing on my physical body again whilst continuing the healing stuff. I’ve worked so hard to change my neural pathways and subconscious triggers, my physical body has been left behind somewhere and it needs renourishing, quite literally.

I am now turning back to the biochemistry of nutrient imbalance, methylation issues, hormones, liver – whatever I deem necessary – as well as improving physical fitness, muscular and lymphatic strength. I had to do the healing stuff first and now I can see the wood for the trees, work on what’s left and rebuild like the 6 Million Dollar Man (that takes me back!). I need all my ‘bodies’ in alignment – I’ve been working on the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies, if you like; now it is time to maintain those and bring the physical body up to match.

2017 will be the year the migraine and mouth pain goes for good and I step back out into the world properly as a ‘well’ person. I am determined!

So, exciting times and a lot of personal and clinic work ahead for 2017 then as per! I hope it will ultimately help you as well as me so let’s get to it – any thoughts or ideas, do share – we’re family. x